Don’t worry Husky football fans, we’re on it.
Since we announced May 1 that longtime Washington reporter and blogger Bob Condotta would move to the Seahawks beat, you’ve wondered who will replace him. More recently, we’ve received emails and comments on the Husky football blog wondering why it’s taking so long and worrying about his replacement.
Your response is a testament to the great coverage that The Seattle Times has given Husky football over the years, particularly since Bob launched the Husky Football Blog several years ago as one of our first online forays. Bob’s coverage was so thorough and so appreciated by Washington and Pac-12 fans, you’re worried about what comes next.
So my challenge is to find Condotta 2.0. And that’s what I intend to do. I’m screening and interviewing candidates now and plan to have a replacement chosen in the next few weeks. I’m moving as quickly as we can because I know how important UW football coverage is to our readers, both in print and online. Yet I want to take enough time to hire the best possible reporter.
It’s also worth noting that Bob moved to the Seahawks beat willingly. He had covered UW football at two newspapers and had not missed a Husky game for 16 years, so he was ready for a new challenge. I truly believed Bob had earned that chance and was happy to give it to him.
Also worth noting is that this is a very quiet period for Husky football. Spring football has ended and fall practice won’t begin until August, so except for an occasional recruiting story or an update on a player’s eligibility or injury status, there isn’t much to write about right now. Even if Bob were still on the UW beat, he wouldn’t be posting often.
If there is news, we’ll be all over it. Percy Allen, who covers UW men’s basketball and will continue to share the Husky football beat with whomever we hire, is monitoring things closely. The fact that we assign two beat reporters to cover UW football shows how seriously we take Husky sports.
So don’t worry, Husky fans, we’ll have a reporter in place soon, someone who will scratch your itch for UW football coverage in plenty of time for fall practice. As a former Husky football reporter myself and someone who covered my first Apple Cup in 1974, I realize this is a top priority. It’s as important to me as it is to you.
I’ll announce our decision on the Take 2 and Husky Football blogs soon. In the meantime, let me know if you have suggestions on stories we should write or different ways to cover the beat
Thank you for your patience and for making The Seattle Times your trusted source for Washington football news.
Don Shelton is sports editor of The Seattle Times.
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